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Auditing and Certification Scheme to increase the quality of sustainable urban mobility plans in cities (ADVANCE)

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The ADVANCE Audit helps local authorities analyse the strengths and weaknesses in their city's current mobility plan and policy. In the course of the audit process, areas of improvement and associated actions are identified. These actions can be used as a basis for the development of a new or updated Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).The ADVANCE Audit not only seeks to improve the quality of the SUMP document, but aims to also analyse, systemize and improve the whole process of plan development. It analyses the strengths and weaknesses in the current sustainable mobility planning of a city and gives clear indications for improvement. The ADVANCE methodology follows a self-assessment process and results in a Local Action Plan that gives clear indications on how to improve the cities mobility planning.The ADVANCE Audit was tested in two phases in nine cities. In a first round the audit was tested in Malmö (Sweden), Schaerbeek (Begium) and Szczecin (Poland), resulting in a prototype. In a second round, pilots took place in six further European cities in Greece, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Spain and Slovakia.In the last phase of the project, more than 120 persons were trained to become ADVANCE Auditors, who will hopefully conduct more audits in the future. To provide ongoing guidance and support, project partners decided to set up the ADVANCE Association to ensure a continuation of ADVANCE Audits.


The main results of the project are:
  • the development of the ADVANCE Audit Scheme including guidelines, description of the certification procedure and an assessment tool (excel and online questionnaire) – available in EN, DE, ES, EL, FR, NL, PL, RO, SI, SK and SWE
  • the implementation of the ADVANCE Audit in 9 European cities and 6 municipalities in the Brussels region.
  • the identification of a further 43 municipalities interested in starting the ADVANCE Audit in the near future.
  • the training of 122 ADVANCE Auditors that are certified to conduct ADANCE Audits in Auditors in AT, BE, HR, CZ, DK, FR, DE, EL, PL, RO, SK, SL, SP and SE.

Lessons learned

  • Stakeholders involvement and exchange is crucial: The ADVANCE Audit has shown the importance of bringing stakeholders together and discussing sustainable mobility policies and strategies. The joint discussion, consensus and prioritisation process was – for many partners – the most valuable part of the process.
  • Prioritized mobility measures strongly depend on the development level of the city: Starting cities like identified the same sets of mobility problems. They were lacking basic cooperation schemes and too much focus was put on the development of road infrastructure. In these cities, actions included setting up a mobility department, determinng the current modal split or improving the enforcement of parking management. In comparison to that, advancing or advanced cities focused on aspects like urban segregation, air and noise pollution, energy consumption in transport and intermodality.
  • Lack of data is a serious problem: Many partners, in particular starting cities, faced the serious problem of lack of mobility data. As this information is the basis for the mobility planning process, a simple and cost-efficient way to gather modal split data would be helpful for the monitoring and evaluation process of many cities.

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Austrian Mobility Research / Forschungsgesellschaft Mobilitaet Gemeinnützige GmbH
Schönaugasse 8a
8010 Graz
Contact point: 
Robert Pressl
+43 316 81 04 51 13
Claus Koellinger
+43 316 810451-66
Jörg Kastelic
+43 316 810451-36


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09/06/2011 to 08/06/2014
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